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The Healing Dance: The Life and Practice of an Expressive Arts Therapist [Hardcover]

Kathleen Rea , Stephen K., Ph.D. Levine
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This book is beautifully written. It tells the story about an artist and her expressive arts therapy practice as a sequence of vignettes. A reader can pick this book up and flip to any page and immediately be drawn into the story. It has the potential to become a formative work in her field of expressive arts therapy. It also has the potential to reach a broader audience. Kathleen Rea's powerful message of self help teaches us all to move on past adversity towards a life filled with joy.
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By Winston
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Before reading this book, I had no idea there was such a thing as Expressive Arts Therapy. My wife is a dancer, and picked up this book after hearing Rea on CBC talking about her experiences in the ballet world. I started flipping through it and was drawn into Rea’s life story. The book starts with a series of vignettes covering her experiences in ballet school and dancing professionally. This was a fascinating glimpse into a world that I was never aware of. Rea tells her story in a conversational way, with a lot of self-deprecating humour.

Rea then goes into what Expressive Arts Therapy is and how it works. I found this really interesting and it made sense to me how approaching your problems through creative expression could help to get you out of your negative thinking. Rea explains the rationale behind her points clearly enough for me to understand, and I knew nothing about psychotherapy before I read this book.

Rea talks in some detail about a client with an eating disorder. I was immediately drawn to this client. Rea portrays him not as some basket case who needs professional help, but as a real person struggling with life. I can identify. For years I suffered from social anxiety disorder. I read a lot of books on cognitive behavior therapy that helped me change my thinking, but it was a slow process. I wonder now if I had known about Expressive Arts Therapy whether using things like writing or music or painting would’ve helped pull me out of my old behavior patterns.

It’s a bit of a weird book in that it’s part autobiography and part textbook. But I think it works. Rea’s life stories about her dance career and about her father are interesting and funny and sad, and she ties them into the theme of Expressive Arts Therapy. I was touched by this book, and I think it’s motivating me to be more creative in my life! I think it can help others and that is why I have written this review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Healing Read March 26 2013
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The Healing Dance is both a very moving and courageous account of a personal healing journey and an excellent introduction to the subject of Arts Therapy.

Rae's account of healing an eating disorder and dealing with her father's illness and death often brought tears to my eyes but also laughter from her self-deprecating humor.

I knew very little about Arts Therapy before reading this book. She does an excellent job describing the theory and techniques involved. The long case history and the other examples from her practice often resonated with my own experiences and clearly demonstrated the concepts she presented.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes me realize the power of creative expression Feb. 7 2013
By Winston - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Before reading this book, I had no idea there was such a thing as Expressive Arts Therapy. My wife is a dancer, and picked up this book after hearing Rea on CBC talking about her experiences in the ballet world. I started flipping through it and was drawn into Rea's life story. The book starts with a series of vignettes covering her experiences in ballet school and dancing professionally. This was a fascinating glimpse into a world that I was never aware of. Rea tells her story in a conversational way, with a lot of self-deprecating humour.

Rea then goes into what Expressive Arts Therapy is and how it works. I found this really interesting and it made sense to me how approaching your problems through creative expression could help to get you out of your negative thinking. Rea explains the rationale behind her points clearly enough for me to understand, and I knew nothing about psychotherapy before I read this book.

Rea talks in some detail about a client with an eating disorder. I was immediately drawn to this client. Rea portrays him not as some basket case who needs professional help, but as a real person struggling with life. I can identify. For years I suffered from social anxiety disorder. I read a lot of books on cognitive behavior therapy that helped me change my thinking, but it was a slow process. I wonder now if I had known about Expressive Arts Therapy whether using things like writing or music or painting would've helped pull me out of my old behavior patterns.

It's a bit of a weird book in that it's part autobiography and part textbook. But I think it works. Rea's life stories about her dance career and about her father are interesting and funny and sad, and she ties them into the theme of Expressive Arts Therapy. I was touched by this book, and I think it's motivating me to be more creative in my life! I think it can help others and that is why I have written this review.
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